Rex Louie Bernstein
Bernstein, Rex Louie

On Saturday, January 10, Rex Bernstein, 22 years and 1 month old exactly, died peacefully in his sleep. Rex was a big guy with a big heart, a big smile, a big laugh and a twinkle in his eye. Rex had a quick wit and a lot of opinions. He had the courage of his convictions. He loved and was loved by many: his parents, his sister Olive, his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, his friends in Nyack, in the world of swimming, at Wesleyan, and the community of musicians around the world that watched him grow from a boy to a man. And his dog Gato.

Rex made us proud every day. We love you, Rex.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Nyack Center on Sunday, January 25 at noon. To honor Rex's deep love of animals, contributions can be made in his name to: Dapper Dog // Hopeful Tails Rescue, 37A Route 59, Nyack, NY 10960.

Published by The Journal News on Jan. 18, 2015.
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Dear Steven and Family:
Deepest condolences from your musical family and friends at American Federation of Musicians, Local 802 in New York City.
Todd Bryant Weeks
February 2, 2015
Dear Steven and Family,
I was so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Over time may beautiful memories fill you with peace and strength.
Brad Shepik
February 2, 2015
So sad to hear this tragic news. Although I am not friend or family, just a fan of Steve's music. I was saddened to hear the news. I remember a few sex mob shows were Steve would mention his kids. Much love to the Bernstein's and everyone who knew and loved Rex.
John Irons
January 30, 2015
We are grieving with you, dear neighbors. You have been in our thoughts constantly, and we send you love, support, admiration and shared sorrow from down the street.

Rachel, Andy, Jonah and Talia Grob-Stewart
January 26, 2015
Steven, Karen, Olive, and Gato, we are so sorry and heartbroken by this tragedy. We love you all and hope the healing will begin soon.
Jeff Brown
January 24, 2015
Steve, Karen, Olive and the Bernstein and Close families,

Words cannot adequately express the sense of loss. Just know that my family and I send all the love we can muster to you and yours.


Pat Mackey and Jennifer, Sofia & Isabel
Patrice Mackey
January 24, 2015
Dear Steve, Karen, and Olive,
We are so sorry for your loss. We are with you in great love.
Bill, Liz, and Emelia
Bill Ruyle
January 22, 2015
Dear Karen, Olive and Steven,
You've been constantly in our thoughts and we keep talking about Rex who made such an impression as a senior fellow swimmer on Nikola, both in and out of the pool. Nikola talks about how he looked up to him and remembers him fondly. We are very saddened by his untimely passing. Some comfort is in knowing that his young life had been happy and productive, he was loved and sheltered by family and close knit community he was part of.
We are sending our heartfelt condolences and love, and wish that in time you would find some solace in wonderful memories you must have, and in each other.
Lazar, Nikola, Sasa and Sofija Andjelic
January 22, 2015
Dear Stephen Karen Olive,
I am speechless other than to say how shocked and sad I feel. My heart breaks for you. Even from a distance my daughter Shiloh said "WHO is THAT ?" When she saw Rex in town. The whole town is in mourning. It's a loss that just can not make sense.
Katherine Matheson
January 22, 2015
Karen, Steve & Olive:
We are deeply saddened to hear of Rex's passing and are heartbroken for you. We fondly remember Rex's smiling face and cheery disposition during the Mac class years and throughout the time our children attended the Nyack schools together. Your family is loved by the Nyack Community and Rex will be sorely missed.
Sending our heartfelt condolences and love.
Loraine Machlin & Dan Gottfried
January 21, 2015
We are sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Rex in Piermont PAL baseball.
Larry,Virginia and Lanie Soehnel
January 21, 2015
Holding you all in heart and and always. We are so deeply sorry for your loss.
Claudia Glaser-Mussen
January 21, 2015
Words can not be spoken to express the sincere and heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Rex was honestly one of my favorite students ever. He could always make me, as well as his entire class, laugh. This world lost a phenomenal human being, I am so sorry for your loss.
Jessica Rice
January 20, 2015
We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Rex was our son's swim coach, and his enthusiasm for the sport and his love of instructing swimmers was evident. He will be truly missed.
Annmarie and AJ Uhl
January 20, 2015
Steven, Karen and Olive,
Rex was an amazing student in the sixth grade. I can only imagine what he was like as a young man. He was an insightful, passionate and beautiful young man. He will be missed and never forgotten! My prayers for this unthinkable loss are with you all!
Linda Pappalardo
January 20, 2015
Our deepest condolences. We are so sorry for your loss.
The Enright/Gatzek family
January 20, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the family. May the memories help you carry on, as he will always be on your heart.
Camargo-Tippett family
January 20, 2015
Right now‚ when your loss is so fresh‚ it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time the blessing of God's unfailing love will soften the hurt that you're feeling and bring your heart the peace‚ comfort‚ and hope that it needs to heal. Until then‚ please remember there's a circle of friends surrounding you who are embracing you‚ and lifting you up in prayer. Proverbs 17:17
January 19, 2015
We are so saddened by the loss of your precious son and brother. Our prayers are with you all. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The Poindexters
January 19, 2015
Our deepest condolences on your loss. With love, Jenny, Stephanie & Nick Lipow
January 19, 2015
So sorry for your loss, Steven and family.
Rick Dobbelaer
January 19, 2015
Steven, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Dennis Mackrel
January 19, 2015
Our hearts are aching for the monumental loss this is for everyone. World community and family. Steve and Karen you and your family are so special to us as our lives have orbited around each other's. Your joy in life and family has helped us through some very difficult times. Please know how loved you all are and we are here to help you however we can to carry a piece of this terrible burden.
Carolyn and scott Cairns
January 19, 2015
I remember you in fifth grade, r.i.p.
Kerran street
January 19, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss.
Karen Varmon
January 19, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to you, Karen, Steve and Olive. He was a lovely young man- I remember how he enjoyed walking Gato- so sorry for your loss. David and Neila Smith-Dorfman
Neila Smith-Dorfman
January 19, 2015
Steven, Karen and Olive: We have already sent you a private letter. To this we add our daily prayers and our love and caring for each of you. Rex will be missed but never forgotten.
Sharon and Jerry Appel
January 19, 2015
My heart goes out to our friends as they come to terms with this loss. At the same time, there is much to celebrate, as the description of this young man's character attests.
January 18, 2015
Mr & Mrs Bernstein. Barbara & I wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. We don't know what to say. (Paul's brother) Bill & Barbara Friedrich
Bill Friedrich
January 18, 2015
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved Rex from one of the old "Berkeley tribe." May you be comforted by the love of family and friends and the loving presence of the Divine during this time, and may Rex's memory be a blessing to you forever. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Margo Heda
January 18, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Bernstein family. I did not know Rex but have heard much about him from mutual friends. He was part of the "A-Team".
January 18, 2015
Condolences to the Bernstein family. May the love of family and friends sustain you during this difficult time of pain and sadness.
John 5: 25-29
January 18, 2015
Karen, Steve, and Olive,
The hearts of the Ballesty family are with you. You are surrounded with love, let it give you the strength you need to help you in this, the most painful time of your lives.
We are walking this road with you and are here anytime and for anything you need. All our love, Dianne & Pete Ballesty
Dianne Ballesty
January 18, 2015
I will forever remember Rex in class with his smile, his eagerness, his love for learning, and his impeccable ethics. It is with my deepest sorrow that I write this. There just are no words. Rex will surely be missed by so many, but always be remembered with love.
Beth Sheehan
January 17, 2015
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